Just now I was reading in Stuart Hampshire's book that
perceiving, entertaining images, feeling emotions or having internal sensations, no less than thinking and judging, must be modifications of Nature conceived under the attribute of thought.The word 'modifications' made me think. If this is true - that all mental activity is a change in reality - or is it reality in the act of changing itself? If so, then each of us is not just a victim of government or business, or of any other determinism, but is also the all powerful voice or thought of Nature-or-God (Spinoza's non-dualism - or connective duality, as I might call it).
Am I exaggerating? Well perhaps this is more than Spinoza thought or implied* but this is a different time - and to me this idea seems both inspiring and correct! The beginning of something new (if newness is allowed in the post-Spinozian world?).
The sky has become grey, the air cool, and most people have left. Those remaining have stopped eating and drinking and are staying at their tables to talk. They are changing the universe. Or rather it, or God-Nature, is changing itself. (Says he, as he rehearses the Spinozian theory, or perception.)
18.45 I talked for a few minutes with one of the waiters. He is from Bulgaria - where his wife and daughter are at present. During the week he works in construction. In Bulgaria he teaches sports. Another change in reality, and to my mind a good one - he seems to me more cultured than are most of us on this island... We laughed.
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